|Since 1842 women had been prevented from working down mines, and
in 1911 the government wanted to extend this ban to pit-brow girls
and women, who worked above ground. Sam Wood, ex-Mayor of Wigan, argued
against this, claiming that the work was 'neither detrimental to their
health or morals nor dangerous to their limbs'. However, pit-head
workers were in fact often injured or killed, usually as a result
of being crushed by coal wagons.
Catalogue reference: POWE 8/28/202217, no. 251 (20 November 1911)